719 Central Ave.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
I first stumbled upon Dale Chihuly’s glass work in 2000 when I visited Las Vegas. Upon entering the casino lobby of the Bellagio I was immediately drawn to the ceiling consisting of 2,000 glass flower blossoms collectively named “Fiori di Como.”
I found Chihuly’s ceiling quite amazing at the time but it wasn’t until I moved to Florida in 2013 that I fully realized Chihuly’s prominence as an artist. It seems like every other museum in Florida has to have an installation by the famed artist. Personally, I’ve already seen countless examples of his work throughout Florida and the United States. As a result it sometimes it seems Chihuly and his work is a bit over commercialized.
I am always willing to check out free museums and will usually take a gander if admission is $10 or less. I will even pay 2 to 3 times more if I find value based on my personal taste in art and the depth of the collection. With that said, I decided not to fork out the $19.95 admission for the Chihuly collection. I’d reconsider if they offered promotions similar to the MFA and Dali Museums in St. Pete.
On the other hand… If you’ve never experienced art glass by Chihuly and enjoy glass sculpture, I believe you will likely see the value in visiting The Chihuly collection in St. Pete.